Autistic Mother Pride

Filed Under (Poetry) by Estee on 22-01-2015

This might be worked on some more… I’m writing today and flipping through my binder of writing. I found this unedited poem as part of a poetic essay I was attempting last year. Please note I am not well-versed in the art of poetry, but enjoy the process of trying. I think it’s fine to share it as is. I might consider it for that horrid month of April and again for our Pride Parade in Toronto this year:

Pride has this mother
protecting
Pride!
threaded by a label
and stitched with love

Claimed
As Kanner did
on the great
scientific mother-ship;
He said they didn’t live before
as the “feeble-minded”
behind 19th century doors
of confinement
Pride!
coalescing
fragile identities
p-u-s-h-i-n-g
for new definitions
to be borne.

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.